Former G1 Cape Guineas winner, Noordhoek Flyer, has died.
Bred by Wilgerbosdrift, the chestnut was the fifth top lot sold from the 2008 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale, when sold under the name of White Hills for R2.5 million.
Subsequently re-named Noordhoek Flyer, he was was second in both his outings as a two-year-old (he ran second, beaten 7.25 lengths, first time out to subsequent G1 Mercury Sprint winner August Rush).
He showed good improvement at three, however, winning on his seasonal debut by more than three lengths. A smart second to subsequent G1 J&B Met, and Equus Champion, Past Master in the G2 Selangor Cup was followed by Noordhoek Flyer running out a one length winner of the 2009 G1 Bloodstock SA Cape Guineas. His beaten rivals that day included subsequent G1 Gold Cup winner Ancestral Fore, eventual July winning champion Bold Silvano, and eventual Singapore champion Lizarre.
Noordhoek Flyer was game when second to Bravura next time out in the G1 Investec Cape Derby, when he appeared to find the 2000m beyond him, but bounced back to win his next two in a row -including the G2 KRA Guineas at Greyville.
He ended his career having won or placed in 10 of 11 outings and earned R1 274 500.
One of more than 130 stakes winners for leading British sire Pivotal (also sire of top French sire Siyouni), Noordhoek Flyer was the only stakes winner produced by the winning Kris mare Serra Negra.
His third is the stakes placed Secretariat mare Celtic Assembly –who left behind G1 Haydock Park Sprint Cup winner Cherokee Rose and multiple champion New Zealand sire Volksraad.
Celtic Assembly is also ancestress of major G1 winners Mukhadram, Mastery and Kirklees.
At the time of his death, Noordhoek Flyer (who spent his stud career at the Gary Player Stud Farm) had left behind 25 winners who had earned over R3 384 000.